"THE AIR MAILS OF NEW ZEALAND,
Volume One, THE INTERNAL FLIGHTS" (1897-1955)
by DOUGLAS A. WALKER
This publication covers an exciting period of New
Zealand's history with clarity and detailed accounts -
creating an invaluable historical document for the
aerophilatelist and historian alike.
"AIRMAILS OF NEW ZEALAND, Volume
Two, THE OVERSEAS FLIGHTS 1928-1940"
by DOUGLAS A. WALKER
This book is an exhaustive encyclopedia of New
Zealand's early overseas flights. Nothing has been left
to the reader's imagination - a must for anyone
interested in early New Zealand, whether it be to learn
about the famous pioneer aviators of the day, the
amazing machines of wood and fabric they flew or stamp
issues and cachet types that were used on overseas mail
at that time.
"AIRMAILS OF NEW ZEALAND, Volume Three,
THE INTERNATIONAL AIRMAILS, 1940-1970"
by ROBIN M. STARTUP
This is the second volume covering International airmails
through to 1970.
Once again, the historical data of this era of jet-powered
flight has been treated with the importance it deserves
in this super publication.
"NEW ZEALAND AIRMAIL LABEL & AVIATION CINDERELLA
by JAMES A. STAPLETON (PRICED)
"THE NEW ZEALAND AIRMAIL CATALOGUE" third edition by
JAMES A. STAPLETON - edited by MIKE SHAND
This is the latest catalogue published by the Society and it does not
disappoint. Printed on quality gloss paper and being extremely easy to
read, there are over one hundred and forty airmail covers displayed,
spanning ninety-eight years - from 1911-2009. It contains everything the
aerophilatelist, postal historian, or aviation enthusiast could wish for.
The AMSNZ also has on its website a number of special flight covers
and historic aviation postcards.
Historic aviation photos are also displayed and are for sale.
Air Mail Society Club Meetings
The Air Mail Society of New Zealand holds monthly
meetings at its club rooms in Christchurch and postal
auctions with all types of associated material on offer
at various times; eg. flight covers, airmail stamps,
special catchets & cancels, commemorative &
anniversary covers, photos, books and more. There is
also a very interesting and informative 'NZ Air Mail
Newsletter' published monthly and free to
If you would like to know more, contact the Air Mail
Society through their address below or visit their
"THE AIR MAIL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND Inc.,
Box 29-144, Fendalton,
New Zealand" AMSNZ website
The pioneering spirit of New Zealanders
came to the fore at the end of the nineteenth century
when flight was just a new idea.
The Great Barrier Pigeongram Service was the forerunner
to air mail in New Zealand.
This site looks at some of the milestones in New
Zealand's air mail & aviation history and is
dedicated to those whom, with determination and great
fortitude shaped it. Grateful thanks to the many who
have spent much time and effort compiling a
magnificent historical record of our pioneers
endeavours, for without their dedication, there would
not be a record for those of us interested in this
engrossing subject to consult.
Survey, special, and first flights have been
fastidiously documented by those of the NZ Air Mail Society to give
a great timeline of New Zealand's aeronautical and postal history.
Not only is the documentary of these events available
in numerous books by the Air Mail Society of New Zealand, but
the exciting pasttime of flight cover collecting is
thriving, with the hobby being enjoyed by thousands
of people around the world.
The collecting of New Zealand flight covers has
international appeal because of the country's
relatively small size, isolation, and attractive stamps
that have been produced over the years. The various
aspects of "airmail cover" collecting include airmail
and cinderella labels, the timestamp franks applied by
post offices, first flights, "crash" covers, signatures
of famous aviators, and the many stamp varieties,
including early "Air Mail" stamp sets issued by NZ
The story began in 1897, when the first pigeongram left Great Barrier Island for
At the time of this first airmail one could not have envisaged the
tremendous changes that would take place over the following century.
In 1911, 9-26 September, the First UK Aerial Post flights took place
between London and Windsor to commemorate the Coronation of King George V.
Cards and letters addressed to New Zealand were carried on these flights.
In 1914, New Zealand's first unofficial air mail was dropped by pioneer
aviator J.W.H. Scotland from his Caudron biplane.
On December 6, 1919, Capt. Euan Dickson dropped advertising circulars over
the city of Christchurch.
The first official airmail flight took place December 16, 1919, by
another pioneer aviator George B. Bolt who, in a Boeing seaplane, delivered
a quantity of letters from Auckland to Dargaville.
Trial and special flights were also undertaken until 1922 with some
large amounts of mail being delivered.
In January, 1928, the first flight from Australia to New Zealand ended in disaster. Later in
the year the "Southern Cross" piloted by Kingsford Smith attempted the
In the years that followed a number of epic journeys were undertaken by
people with courage and determination second to none.
On December 17, 1929, flights by the Permanent Air
Force were made to the stricken area of Karamea, near the top of the West
Coast of the South Island, after a large earthquake hit the area.